Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blog Celebration!



If you have been reading my blog for a while you may know that I like to make symmetrical designs, I try to plan designs to make the best use of the paper and to find creative ways to use the offcuts, I want to be organized (but it is sometimes a losing battle!) and my favorite numbers are three and seven.

Last night when I was working on a blog post I looked at the counter and it was....



That seemed like a lucky number to me! So I started to figure out what I could give as a prize for a blog celebration. I have been working on getting my house sorted out. We have lived here for a bit over eight years now - the longest we have lived anywhere since we were married -and one of my many projects includes getting our family photos completely organized and scanning the older ones so I can work with them digitally.

My husband just built shelves for me in the guest room closet and this will be my "photo and video organization station." I have a folding table that fits perfectly in the closet and this will be my work area as I finally get this project completed. (I'll post photos once I have it a bit further along - I am still setting things up).

I am also a Creative Memories consultant and use many of their great tools to help me organize. I plan to store the photos that are not used for scrapbooks in my large Power Sort boxes to keep them safe from dust and light and easily accessible. I have four of the large boxes full already (they each hold 2400 photos!) and many photos still to file.

The regular Power Sort boxes are plain black but, for a while there was a special Memory Keepers Club prize of a Mini Power Sort box in brown with a cute pink design and three lidded compartments. I happen to have a few of these left on my shelf and I have discovered that they are perfect for holding more than just photos (about 600 - up to 5 x 7 size). The compartments are also great for Cuttlebug folders and will even hold Cricut keyboard overlays and handbooks (as you can see in the photo below).



So, I'd like to help a few of you get organized too! I have three (3) of these boxes to give away by a random drawing. This morning the blog counter said



funny how those 3s and 4s add up to 7 - or am I just a bit too obsessed with patterns?

If you want to get organized - in a pretty pink and brown way - leave a comment on this post. You just click on the "comments" at the very bottom of the post and leave your name (real or message board) - if you don't have a Google account, you can check "anonymous" to leave your comment - but please be sure to give a name in the comment so I can identify the winners.

Some readers have mentioned that they have trouble leaving a comment on the blog - even with the anonymous posting option - so I will also start a thread on the Cricut Message Board and LINK it here - if you can't post a comment on the blog you can reply on that thread to be included in the drawing.

Last time I did a blog celebration you needed to make a card using one of my designs - there is no card to complete to be included this time since everyone is super busy with their holiday projects. Just leave a comment or respond on the message board thread if the comment function won't work for you.

Thanks for visiting my blog and keep watching for details about my new teaching blog where I will be doing online lessons and more specialized projects.

108 comments:

  1. Ooooh I'm so glad I'm not the only person who obsesses over numbers! I love to see the counters 'turn over' or numbers that are palindromes or symmetrical. I guess it is the Mathematician in me that delights in that stuff. Glad to know others share the same interest.

    I have enjoyed your blog for some time but mostly as a lurker. So many wonderful designs and cut files. You really inspire me to play with my Cricuts and supplies.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    -Katherine

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  2. What a great blog. Enjoyed reading about you and checking out all your beautiful creations. I am really impressed with all your ideas.

    scrapbooknut1947
    Cricut mb

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  3. Love the boxes and love your blog and all your wonderful work, Cap!

    Jann

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  4. gosh I just love your blog, you are always so insprining...and the boxes from CM are just adorable.

    thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love your boxes and your blog is outstanding. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.

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  6. I LOVE your blog. I get so much inspiration from you. You do such wonderful work and make great things. Thanks for sharing with everyone. The boxes are great. I need to organize.Someday,lol.
    angelmom916-cricut mb

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  7. Nice blog, thanks for sharing.

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  8. What a wonderful RAK and such a cool reason to do one. I had not ever thought of usuing these boxes for CB folders or my overlays...what a great idea! Please include me in your RAK, Thanks!

    Siobhan

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  9. I've seen a lot of your creations on the Cricut board but had never checked out your blog. VERY NICE. When I have a little more time this weekend I am going to take more time to check it out.

    Annette (nettiep21 on the cricut MB)

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  10. Capadia, I love love LOVE your blog and check it quite frequently. It's chock full of information and I've learned so much from you. Thanks for everything you do for all of us!!

    MelissaMissesTX

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  11. I love your blog and get lots of great ideas. You are very talented.

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  12. I love your blog and all your designs! I would love to win these CM boxes. Thanks for the opportunity

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  13. Congratulations! You are soooo creative! I can't wait till I get DS to get some of your cutfiles. These cm boxes are really cute and I really neat to get organized. Tobusyscrapping@bellsouth.net

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  14. I love the pink & brown boxes. I'm usually not much of a pink fan, but seem to like it with brown or black.

    Keep up the good work, Diane. I love to visit your blog to see what you've been up to.

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  15. congrats, Cap! I have one of those boxes filled with photos and i love it! What a great idea to use one for CB folders or overlays/carts!
    thanks for all you do!

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  16. Congrats Cap. I think I'm responsible for 1000 of those hits. LOL. I check your blog daily sometimes 2 or 3 times a day.
    Great job, you do wonderful work.

    Lisa
    JustCrazy4Scrapen

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  17. I have one of the special boxes and I just love it...wish they would come out with it again (CM) so I could get a few more! Again, I have to tell you that I just love your snowflake designs you've been working hard on and all the unique decorating that can be done with them. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  18. Your idea for the overlays is great.... i actually use the memory mate zippered bag , alphab3etized and labeled with dividers..remember those? They also work perfectly and i love how it has a handle and i can pull it off a shelf ! okay ,i think i have a disorder now.. Those pink/brown boxes are super cute too and would go great in anyone's room!
    thanks for the RAK! hugs
    jackie (Shopsalot42 on the MB)

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  19. Wow! This is so sweet of you! This might be what it takes to get me started on organizing my photos! So many photos and so little time! Can't wait to see pics of your sorting station!

    CanadianBug

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  20. Great blog & thanks for doing this give away :-)

    Denise
    ScrapinMOM
    Cricut MB

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  21. With reading all of your new comments how in the world are you going to come up with your next jaw dropping cut file or project. I always get excited when I see that you have posted because that means something really good is in the works!!! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work with everyone.

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  22. Diane - I don't always post when I come over to your blog but I love seeing what you've been upto and how much fun you're having with DS or whatever project you've been working on.

    You're such a doll to always help people with whatever they are working on. And if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been able to get my monogram cards done.

    Thanks for all your kindness!!!

    Caroline (AKA Doxieluv01 on Cricut MB)

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  23. Thanks for a chance at a great RAK. Congrats on your counter lucky numbers. I love your blog and all the inspiration.

    Deb

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  24. Congratulations! I can't tell you the inspiration you have given us. Thanks for sharing your files.

    Ann

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  25. I have followed your blog for quite a while. I love how organized i is and it is a great source of inspiration. Thank you!

    Alice (cricut name AliceZ)

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  26. Congratulations on your blog count! That's super! I really enjoy coming to your blog, it alwasy has such fun ideas and wonderful inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  27. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I am new to DS - I have loaded it, but that's all, so I haven't downloaded any of your beautiful filies. YET.

    Melinda K

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  28. I love your blog and so enjoy the sharing. Thank you! These boxes are wonderful.

    Laurel

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  29. wow congrats!!! but really no wonder why you have so many isitors your blog is great.

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  30. what a great idea to use those boxes as cuttlebug/cricut storage!!
    you have so many great ideas on your blog, thanks for sharing them with all of us!

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  31. I love seeing what your up to on your site. My 10 y.o. daughter was so inspired by your Happy Halloween, that she had to create her own "Monster Mash" one from scratch. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us. We appreciated it!

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  33. those boxes are super cute and i have a bunch of cuttle bug folders way more then i should be storing in the cuttle kids binder i have. I would love to be organized with something this cute.

    Jan fanrowrth

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  34. I am always amazed at your stuff. I am DS challenged. I can't do much with it but see your stuff and know the potential is there. Someday....Tammy

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  35. Love your blog and am always inspired by my visits, Diane!

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  36. Hi Diane,
    I visit your blog often and love your creations. Please help me get organized! I'd love to win those photo boxes.
    Thanks
    Carmen

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  37. Organization in pink and brown....does it get any better?
    Linda C.

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  38. Gotta love math!!
    GrammaP from the MB
    Sheila

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  39. I absolutely LOVE your blog and check it quite frequently! I am sooo amazed with all your creations and in awe of your hard work. Thank you for all you do! BTW: 7 is my favorite number, too!!!

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  40. Absolutely love your blog and your kindness for sharing!! Thanks for considering me for your RAK and Thanks for sharing your talents!!

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  41. Congratulations on your blog. I just love everything you create. I love all your snowflakes. You are a very talented person. One of my hubby's favorite numbers is "3" also. Actually it's funny that the number your counter is set to, is the number of my house. The "133" I would love to be included in your blog candy. Thank you so much for all your inspiration.

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  42. I always enjoy seeing the new designs that you come up with and even more than those, I am so impressed that you figure out new ways to 'work' with Design Studio. Thanks for your hard work. Also thanks for the RAK opportunity.

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  43. Diane, I get your newsletter and go right to your blog to see what you have created new.

    Maybe you should play the lottery with numbers like that!!!!

    Jean

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  44. Your blog is great and your designs are wonderful. You are very talented!

    Janice
    cricut MB: dsnygrl07

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  45. You have such a wonderful blog!!!! I love your creations!!!!!

    Heather

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  46. Congrats on the numbers! I appreciate you and your generosity w your talent. I visit often, but don't always leave comments unless I download something. I am so looking forward to your classes...I'm technically challenged and need to take a class to figure it out.
    I guess I missed the newsletter info...where can I find it?

    Carol
    cyimbugbitten)

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  47. Let's try this one more time! Thanks for sharing your cut files. You are very creative.

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  48. Thanks to Doxieluv01, I have discovered your blog and your talents and thank you immensely!! Much congrats!

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  49. I love your blog. Everytime I see you have a new post I can't wait to open it! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and cut files.

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  50. I love my power sort boxes!!

    Dawn

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  51. I love your ideas, and love cm products. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  52. What a great idea!! You are such a sweet person to do so much for all us Cricuteers!!!
    Thanks!!!
    Robbin

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  53. I check your blog frequently, and appreciate how generous you are with your designs.
    Many thanks, Susan

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  54. Congrats!! I love to check out you blog! marian

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  55. Capadia, I just love all your designs, and thank you soooo much for sharing all your cuts.
    God bless,
    Ann from the UK.

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  56. YAY for the big numbers!!!!! Congrats to you and good luck everyone on this FANTABULOUS RAK!!!!

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  57. Very cute bozes! I would love a chance to win one. Thanks

    *~Kendra~*

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  58. Love you organization skills, my DH would love to have you at our house!

    Love you blog can't wait for your online classes.

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  59. Thank you Capadia for always sharing and teaching me such wonderful things! You helped me get my blog going and gave advice that was so helpful! Can't wait to see your new teaching blog! You're a wonderful person! Thanks again! Alice (1derland on the MB) P.S. I love numbers (especially when they add up to a favorite!) too! And always need to use the "off cuts"! Glad I'm not the only one!!!

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  60. Congrats on the hits and on organizing! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize.

    nickicole - on the cricut mb
    ncole1701@aol.com

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  61. Diane, what a nie RAK! I hope your room is everything you want it to be. I love your creations, so I am sure it will be beautiful.

    Slkfra@yahoo.com

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  62. Congrats on the big number of posts. Thank you for offering the rak. Sharon

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  63. I love your site. It's always the first one I read each day. Thank you for sharing so much for all of us to enjoy. As a math teacher and lover of geometrics, numbers, etc., I say kudos to you. Jackie

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  64. Thank you so much for sharing your designs. I have already included most of your files into my scrapbooking and card making. All the best.

    Maureen

    MPMIDDLETON2078@yahoo.com

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  65. I LOVE your blog. I am excited to see the lessons that you will be posting soon. I also love the organizer and my favorite colors are pink and brown right now. It would be cool to win something as I never do like most people!!!

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  66. what a great rak....those little boxes are so cute! its funny that I'm posting this comment today, because when we head out to church in a little while, my mileage will click over to 77,777 =)

    Holly(or hollywood77 on cricut MB)

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  67. sorry I forgot to put a name with my comment.

    Missy

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  68. i love all your designs and these boxs look perfect for the A2 embossing folders.
    AnnW
    weedmana@embarqmail.com

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  69. congrats Cap.....I check your blog daily, you are an inspiration!

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  70. What a great RAK!!!! I've made a couple things from your blog, thanks for all the help, tips, and great ideas!!!!!

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  71. What a wonderful RAK! Your blog is fantastic. I could spend hours on here looking at all you have done. Thank you for your generosity!

    DawnRose1

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  72. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have such awesome talent!!!! TFS and what a great RAK. TY....KimS

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  73. Totally and completely stoked about your blog. I don't think a day goes by where I don't check in with ya'll. You are so talented and can't wait for your teaching blogs. TFS, Sheila

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  74. What a generous gift.The "timing" is perfect for me.My Dad passed in 2000 and my Mom and I have a "zillion":) pictures. They are in their original processing envelopes and I have get them organized and protected. That is a really pretty box.LOVE the brown and pink.
    Also, THANK YOU for the EZ Aperture cards.I want to try some monogram cards.That file will make it SO much easier.Great blog.
    Diania ddair on the MB

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  75. Congratulations, Diane! I'm not surprised your blog hits are that many! You do fantastic work!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!
    Val

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  76. I wish I had your creativity... thank you so much for all that you do and your willingness to share it. I would love to be included in this RAK, thank you so much!! Tuki from the Cricut MB!!!

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  77. Your work is great. You are so generous to share with us. I love your blog. Thanks again, Judy

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  78. Diane, you are one talented lady. Thanks for sharing your ideas and cut files with us.

    Peggy
    timmermanp@bellsouth.net

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  79. Just found your blog and I am new to the Cricut MB...LOVE IT!!
    I don't gamble often but when I do the roulette table always pays well when I bet on 3 and 7....Happy Holidays

    Nurse Jen
    Elk Grove

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  80. Diane...you are going to be the QUEEN of organization in addition to the CREATIVE CRICUT QUEEN! Lots of royalty going on here. BTW -- I notice patterns in things too...although my numbers are 4 and 8...I am always looking for a way t count a 4 or an eight out of something...I am sure it is a sign of GENIUS in both of us! hee hee

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  81. Congrats Diane! I love seeing what you are doing new. I am always amazed! TFS your great designs. TammyKlein on MB

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  82. Thanks for all the cut files you share!

    Those are cute boxes - thanks for the chance to win one.

    AmyD

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  83. Congrats! I love visiting your blog. You have such great work! I would love to be entered in your RAK! Thanks

    Kimberly (Cricut Board: Kimberly216)

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  84. Congratulations! your designs are wonderful - thank you for sharing your creations with those less creative!!

    Jewel

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  85. What fun! And what darling boxes! I'm afraid my counter would stay at 0 if I put one on my blog. But then, I don't have your amazing talent. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Jill

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  86. I love your blog, you do such awesome work! These boxes are awesome, what a fantastic way to celebrate!

    JamieB

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  87. I love your blog. I am often using your designs. Thanks so much for sharing your creative juices with us!!

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  88. Hi, D! Put me in the hat for your drawing. I love all things CM and a crafter can never have enough storage boxes ;-) Happy day to you, Jill

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  89. I love your blog and your generosity, thanks for sharing your expertise. I can't wait for your teaching blog. SharriC

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  90. Thanks for the turtorial on the aperture card. i am trying to figure it out for myself I don't have BB. But I am DS challanged as others have mentioned. I look forward to your emails to learn something new.

    thanks!!!

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  91. thanks for the drawing...how exciting!

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  92. Thanks so much for all of your creativity! I love to see what you have come up with.

    Liza

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  93. I love number combinations too! To think that you're over a third of the way to having your second 100,000 visitors is amazing! Thanks for the drawing!

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  94. Thanks for sharing your ideas & giving inspiration! I can't wait until we get our new computer & I can finally use DS.

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  95. LOVE the snowflake idea and really need to be more organized! Have a great turkey day!

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  96. Oh Diane,
    I would love to be entered into your drawing for your wonderful box! I absolutely love boxes!! I just can't let my DH know as he has repeatedly said, "No more buying boxes!"-- but then again, this wouldn't be buying them! :0) I love boxes!! Maybe because I think I can organize and contain my life if I have them!! I salivate at the thought of going to California to an IKEA store!! I would love to have one of your beautiful creations as it would be put to good use!
    Thanks for doing this drawing and for always sharing your great ideas and cut files! You're awesome!!!!
    jztjzt

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  97. Coooooool idea.

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Nice site too.

    Monica Lowrance from CricutMB

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  98. Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiration with the cricut family. You truly are talented. Blessings.
    Your Cricut sister,
    Anglhrtnsl
    Robinn

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  99. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic designs
    I visit often to see what's new
    GramMe

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  100. I love your snowflakes girl! Thanks for sharing your designs - they are awesome!

    StarlightScrapper
    Denise
    :)

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  101. Great blog, I had fun browsing your beautiful work and I will definitely be back! Congrats on all your visits!

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  102. Thank you for offering such a nice RAK I love CM products and have been using them since 1993. I love your blog and all your lovely creations.
    Marleen (ScrappinNama)

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  103. Congtats Capadia! Thanks for doing this! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  104. Wow!! That looks awesome!!

    Congrats on the 133133 visits!!

    Stacy - uratoon

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  105. Wow what a wonderful present! I love your blog and how talented you are. All of your hard work and generosity is greatly appreciated! TFS!

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  106. I just love your blog, your instructions/tutorials are always so clear and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us, and for the RAK opportunity!

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  107. The CM boxes would be very useful.
    Thanks for doing this. Also you have some great ideas. I wish I had time to try them one of these days. Great blog.

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